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Bobby Ang

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UAAP Season 81
2018-2019 UAAP Chess Team Tournament (Boys)
1st Floor, QPAV Building, UST, España St., Manila
Sept. 19-Oct. 28, 2018

FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY (FEU), 33 points, 19 match points

bd01 FM John Merill Jacutina 9/12, bd02 Dale Bernardo 9.5/11, bd03 Istraelito Rilloraza 6/11, bd04 Jarvey Labanda 3.5/6, bd05 Christian Marcelo Olaybal 2/4, bd06 Frankly Loyd Andes 3/4. Team Captain: FM John Merill Jacutina, Head Coach: Grandmaster (GM) Jayson Gonzales, Asst. Coach: NM Alexander Milagrosa, Team Manager: Atty. Ruel Canobas.

UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS (UST), 33 points, 16 match points

bd01 Samson Chhiu Chhin Lim 9.5/12, bd02 Anatoly Pascua Jr. 3.5/5, bd03 Daniel John Lemi 7.5/12, bd04 Dennis Gutierrez III 5/9, bd05 Emanuel Van Paler 6.5/8, bd06 Jester Sistoza 1/2. Team Captain: Daniel John Lemi, Team Coach: Peter Lim.

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY (NU), 30 points, 16 match points

bd01 Jayson Danday 9.5/12, bd02 Dennis Gutierrez Jr. 2.5/5, bd03 Mark Gerald Reyes 1/5, bd04 Chester Neil Reyes 6/12, bd05 Ruther Barredo 9/12, bd06 Sean Canasta 2/2. Team Captain: Jayson Danday, Team Coach: Jose Aquino Jr., Mark Anthony Bernales, Team Manager: Samson Go, Manny Go.

UNIVERSITY OF THE EAST (UE), 28.5 pts, 16 match points

bd01 Norsh Daniel Francois Lopez 3/5, bd02 Noel Geronimo 7.5/12, bd03 Francis Roi Parro 3/8, Lee Roi Palma 7.5/12, bd05 John Kenneth Gelua 7/9, bd06 Arvie Aguilar 0.5/2. Team Captain: Noel Geronimo, Head Coach: John Perzeus Orozco.

ADAMSON UNIVERSITY (AdU), 23.5 pts, 11 match points

bd01 Gerald Sean Gonio 1/3, bd02 John Frederick Sunga 5/11, bd03 Jalen Rhey Lacambra 5/11, bd04 Erick Spencer Valdez 5.5/9, bd05 Dustin Mackenzie Herrero 4/8, bd06 Joeben Jones Balitos 3/6. Team Captain: Jalen Rhey Lacambra, Team Coach: Christopher Rodriguez.

DELA SALLE-ZOBEL (DLS-Z), 12.5 points, 3 match points

bd01 Ezekiel Joachin Figueroa 0/7, bd02 Jethro Dino Aquino 5.5/11, bd03 Angele Tenshi Biete 5.5/12, bd04 Jefferson Danil Villarin 1/8, bd05 Hans Jeremy Reyes 0.5/6, bd06 Paolo Joaquin Villa 0/4. Head Coach: WIM Mikee Charlene Suede.

ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY (ADMU), 7.5 pts, 3 match points

bd01 Raphael Tamayo 0/8, bd02 Elijah Derek Pilien 0.5/10, bd03 Jose Enrique Guevarra 0/3, bd04 Gabriel Caleb Chua 2/8, bd05 Kurt Kenly Ong 3.5/10, bd06 Cris Angelo Rayos 1.5/9. Team Captain: Kurt Kenly Ong, Team Coach: Ildefonso Datu.

Individual Medal Awardees

Most Valuable Player: Dale Bernardo, FEU

Rookie of the Year: Angele Tenshi Biete, DLS-Z

Board 1
Gold — Jayson Danday NU 9.5/12; silver — Samson Chhiu Chhin Lim, UST 9.5/12; bronze — FM John Merill Jacutina, FEU 9/12

Board 2
Gold — Dale Bernardo, FEU 9.5/11; silver — Noel Geronimo, UE 7.5/12; bronze — Jethro Dino Aquino, DLS-Z 5.5/11

Board 3
Gold — Daniel John Lemi, UST 7.5/12; silver — Istraelito Rilloraza, FEU 6/11; bronze — Angele Tenshi Biete, DLS-Z 5.5/12

Board 4
Gold — Lee Roi Palma, UE 7.5/12; silver — Erick Spencer Valdez, AdU 5.5/9; bronze — Dennis Gutierrez III, UST 5/9

Board 5
Gold — Emanuel Van Paler, UST 6.5/8 silver — John Kenneth Gelua, UE 7/9 bronze — Ruther Barredo, NU 9/12

Board 6
Gold — Franklyn Loyd Andes, FEU 3/4; silver — Joeben Jones Balitos, AdU 3/6; bronze — Cris Angelo Rayos, ADMU 1.5/9

Unlike the Men’s and Women’s team competitions in the 81st Season of UAAP Chess, where were blowout victories for FEU and DLSU, respectively, the competition in the High School section was very close and indeed FEU and UST finished the double round-robin event tied at 33 points apiece. The tie-breaker was the match points and so FEU, which won nine matches against a draw and two losses (to UST and Adamson), was awarded the title against the Thomasians who only had seven team wins, two draws and three losses (to FEU, NU and UE).

For FEU it was the tandem of FM John Merill Jacutina and Dale Bernardo who did the heavy lifting. Jacutina likes closed positions with interlocked pawns and scope for long maneuvering games. Then with infinite patience he wears down his opponent. In the endgame he is really good — he beat NU’s Jayson Danday with king and two knights vs. Danday’s king and pawn! How many of you know how to do that?

[NU] DANDAY, Jayson C. — [FEU] FM JACUTINA, John Merill E. [A07]
2018–19 UAAP Chess (High School Boys) 1st Flr., QPAV Bldg., UST, España (9.1), 13.10.2018


In case the diagram does not reproduce well here are the piece positions:

White: Ke4, Nb5, Pawns on a4 and c4

Black: Kd7, Knights on e7 and g7, Pawn on c5


The best line of resistance is 55.a5 Ne6 56.a6 Nc8 57.a7 Nb6 58.Kf5 and I am not sure if Black can win this. However, White knew that K+2Ns vs. K cannot be won without allowing stalemate, so he gives up his knight for Black’s remaining pawn to “clinch the draw.” Did he not know that if the weaker side has a pawn then the two knights can win because there would be no stalemate possibility? I actually think he did but did not believe that Jacutina has the skill to do it. Big mistake.

55…cxd4 56.Kxd4 Ne6+

Jacutina blockades the c-pawn and captures the a-pawn.

57.Ke5 Nc5 58.a5 Kc6 59.Kf6 Nc8 60.Ke5 Nd6 61.a6 Nc8 62.Kf6 Kb6 63.Ke5 Kxa6 64.Kd4

Now, maintaining the blockage on c5 he has to force the White king to the edge of the board.

64…Kb6 65.Ke5 Kc6 66.Kf6 Kd6 67.Kf5 Nb6 68.Kf4 Ke6

Of course not 68…Nxc4? which eliminates White last pawn but is only good enough for a draw. You will understand why later.

69.Ke3 Ke5 70.Kf3 Nbd7 71.Ke3 Nb8 72.Kf3 Nc6 73.Ke3 Nd4 74.Kd2 Ke4 75.Kc3 Nc6 76.Kd2 Kf3 77.Kc3 Ke3 78.Kc2 Ke2 79.Kc1 Nd4 80.Kb1 Kd2 81.Kb2 Ne2 82.Kb1 Kc3 83.Ka2 Nc1+ 84.Ka3 N1d3 85.Ka2 Kb4 86.Kb1 Kb3 87.Ka1 Na4 0–1

Jacutina is going to mate his opponent with Na4–c3 followed by Nd3–b4–c2. Take note that after Na4–c3 White’s king is in the corner and has no more moves. If his c4–pawn did not exist this would be stalemate, but since the pawn is there Black can execute the checkmate.

There was also a close battle to see who would top the board 1 race. In the end it was Jayson Danday (NU) with 9.5/12 who got the gold, UST’s Samson Lim (also with 9.5/12) earning the silver, and John Merill Jacutina contenting himself with the bronze with 9.0/12. Jayson and Samson tied at 9.5/12, but since the NU top board defeated Samson twice in their individual encounters the gold medal went to him. Here is one of their games.

[NU] DANDAY, Jayson C — [UST] LIM, Samson Chhiu Chhin [A43]
2018–19 UAAP Chess (H. S. BOYS) 1st Flr., QPAV Bldg., UST, España (4.3), 27.09.2018

1.Nf3 c5 2.g3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Bg2 e5 6.Nb3 d5 7.Bg5 Be6 8.0–0 Qd7 9.Nc3 0–0–0 10.e4 d4 11.Nd5 Be7 12.Nxe7+ Qxe7 13.Qe2 h6 14.Bxf6 gxf6 15.Rfd1 h5 16.h4 Bg4 17.Bf3 Be6 18.c3 Bxb3 19.axb3 Kb8 20.b4 Rd6 21.b5 Nd8 22.Ra4 Ne6 23.Rda1 d3 24.Qe3 b6 25.Rc4

The smart Danday could have gotten the Black queen for his two rooks with 25.Rxa7 Qxa7 26.Rxa7 Kxa7 27.Qd2 but Samson’s passed d3–pawn will give White nightmares.


[25…d2 26.Rc6 Rhd8 27.Rxd6 Rxd6 28.Bxh5 Qd7 it is still a game]

26.Rc6! Nc5

[26…Rxc6 27.bxc6 Qxc6 28.Qxd3 now, with the destruction of Black’s dangerously advanced d-pawn, White holds all the cards]

27.b4 Nb3?

Relatively better is 27…Ne6 but even then 28.Rxd6 Qxd6 29.Rd1 Rd8 30.Bxh5 White is winning. Samson clearly did not see White’s next move.

28.Rxa7! Qxc6


28…Kxa7 29.Qxb6+ Ka8 30.Rxd6;

28…Qxa7 29.Rxd6 Kc7 30.Rxf6 Black’s position is going to collapse.

29.bxc6 Kxa7 30.Bd1

This is the reason why 27…Ne6 was better than 27…Nb3. Now the knight has nowhere to go and is lost.

30…Rxc6 31.Qxd3 Rhc8 32.Bxb3 R8c7 33.Bd5 Rxc3 34.Qb5 Rc1+ 35.Kg2 R1c2 36.Qe8 Rc8 37.Qd7+ 1–0

Samson is something like a diesel engine — he gets stronger as the game gets longer. When you play the King’s Indian against him though make sure you cover all your bases as he has a particularly mean streak against that opening!

[UST] LIM, Samson Chhiu Chhin — [ADMU] TAMAYO, Raphael M. [E70]
2018–19 UAAP Chess (High School Boys) 1st Flr., QPAV Bldg., UST, España (8.1), 07.10.2018

1.e4 d6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.d4 Bg7 5.Bd3 0–0 6.Nge2 Nc6 7.0–0 Nd7 8.Be3 b6 9.Qd2 Re8 10.f4 Bb7 11.Rf2 e5 12.fxe5 dxe5 13.d5 Nd4 14.Raf1 Re7 15.Bxd4 exd4 16.Nb5 c5 17.d6 Re6 18.Rxf7 Bxe4 19.Nc7 Rf6 20.R1xf6 Nxf6 21.Rxg7+ Kxg7 22.Ne6+ 1–0


Bobby Ang is a founding member of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) and its first Executive Director. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA), he taught accounting in the University of Santo Tomas (UST) for 25 years and is currently Chief Audit Executive of the Equicom Group of Companies.